Softly and Tenderly (in F Major, piano Eb) by D. Edgar Murray 03/28/2000.

V1:   There I was at a vocal recital,
V1:   My expectations were high,

V1:   I had no inkling of what lay in store
V1:   Then a pretty, blind lady came by,

V1:   She stepped to the microphone, softly began
V1:   With an a cappella recollection

V1:   Of her life without Christ and his fellowship --
V1:   A memory from her mental collection,

Cho: She sang of beauty beyond compare,
Cho: Though she'd never seen it, I guessed,

Cho: The song described her lovely children --
Cho: Though blind from birth, she confessed,

V2:   The vocal painted a picture of happiness,
V2:   Then implied she would soon go away --

V2:   A rare disease, though she seemed quite normal,
V2:   Would take her, I heard someone say,

V2:   It devastated me quite completely --
V2:   The words that the lyrics said,

V2:   What a wonderful thought -- seeing her family,
V2:   The future, for her, held no dread,

Cho: New life, forever, in a beautiful world
Cho: Where no one is blind and all see,

Cho: She seemed to have strength of character
Cho: That I wish God had given to me, :| (Repeat Chorus).

Cho: I fervently hope to see loved ones in Heaven --
Cho: They pass away day after day,

Cho: But none of us have a lease on life
Cho: That tomorrow cannot take away, (To End).

End: Softly and tenderly, Heaven is calling --
        Calling to you and to me. : Repeat End (softly). ||